Boulder County buildings are closed until June 1, but services are available online. BoCo is under a safer-at-home order with face coverings.

Resources are available for those impacted by COVID-19. For help, submit questions or call 720-776-0822 weekdays (9 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Level 1 Fire Restrictions in place for western Boulder County. View the flyer and map for more details. No fires, no shooting.

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
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Access to county buildings and services is limited. View the list of closures and cancellations and check the list of available online services.

We are here to help keep our community healthy and safe. Please contact us in the following ways, depending on your needs.

Questions about COVID-19 Illness (Symptoms, Transmission, etc.)

  • CO-Help call center 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911
  • CO-Help email

Other COVID-related questions

If you have other questions not listed above, such as about possible exposures, travel, workplace environments, deliveries, social distancing, real estate open houses, nursing homes etc.

    • Call the Boulder County call center at 720-776-0822, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., closed Memorial Day, May 25.
    • After hours, please complete the online Ask a Question form (in English or Spanish)

Guidance for Businesses

Concerns about a BUSINESS not following Public Health Orders

Concerns about GATHERINGS OF PEOPLE not following Public Health Orders, including:

  • Large parties at private residences, commercial buildings, or public parks
  • Organized field sports at parks
  • Restaurants with patrons eating within the establishment
  • Trailhead parking complaints or reports of large crowds

Contact your local non-emergency dispatch ONLY if a gathering is currently IN PROGRESS:

  • Boulder: 303-441-3333
  • Longmont: 303-651-8501
  • On CU Campus: 303-492-6666
  • Unincorporated Boulder County, Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland, Niwot, Superior, Ward: 303-441-4444

Facial Covering Requirement

Each person within Boulder County, except as specifically exempted below, must wear a Face Covering whenever they are outside their residence and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance of at least 6 feet from any non-household members. These requirements supplement and are in addition to any social distancing orders. View the full public health order, and the extension of the order through June 30.


A Face Covering is not required for:

  • A person alone in a single, fully enclosed room in any commercial or retail setting if others outside of that person’s household are not present and the public does not regularly visit the room. Individuals working alone must put on a Face Covering when:
    • Coworkers are 6 feet or closer to them
    • When being visited by a client/customer
    • Anywhere members of the public or other coworkers are regularly present
  • Any person whose health would be inhibited by wearing a Face Covering. If an employee’s health would be inhibited by wearing a Face Covering while at work, they must document those concerns with their employer.
  • Any child aged twelve years or younger.
    • Parents and caregivers must supervise use of Face Coverings by children to avoid misuse.
    • Children under age three should not wear a Face Covering because of the risk of suffocation.
  • First responders if they need to respond to an immediate threat. This order does not pre-empt CDPHE Order 20-26 which requires first responders to wear Face Coverings.

Definition of “Face Covering”

“Face Covering,” means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. Face Coverings may be factory- or handmade and improvised from ordinary household materials.

Definition of Residence

Residence is defined as the property where an individual resides with other members of their household.

  • Includes a motor vehicle when being used for personal use by an individual and his or her same household.
  • Does not include any common areas that may be used by multiple households.
  • Does not include any vehicle used for public transportation, paratransit vehicles, taxis, private car services, or ride-sharing vehicles when used for that purpose.

Face Covering Fit & Care

  • Face Coverings should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, and be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape or be made of disposable material.
  • Face Coverings must cover the nose and mouth at all times whenever a person is within 6 feet of non-household members, and should remain in place until they can be removed safely.
  • Workers: If a worker’s Face Covering moves during work, it must be replaced with one that does not need to be frequently adjusted in order to reduce touching of the face.
  • Face Coverings should be replaced when they become dirty, wet, and/or difficult to breathe through.

Face Covering sewing patterns, fit and care information:

Note: Any mask that incorporates a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling is not a Face Covering under the Order and should not be used to comply. Valves of that type permit droplet release from the mask which can put others nearby at risk.


After looking closely at modeling data by the CU School of Public Health which suggests that 50% use of face coverings that are even 50% effective (a reasonable estimate based on lab studies) could, even with imperfect use, reduce infectiousness from asymptomatic persons by 13% and could thus is an important component of relaxing social distancing measures and re-opening businesses.

Most public health experts agree that there is enough information to say that face coverings will reduce the spread of large droplets, and that face masks are one important tool to use in conjunction with others. Proper donning and doffing of face coverings, appropriate laundering of face coverings, and continued vigilance in washing hands and not touching the face are important components to the effectiveness of face coverings. We must use every tool possible to halt the spread of the disease – and facial coverings where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained, along with testing, and contact tracing of people that have been exposed are important strategies.

Authority & Penalties

Boulder County Public Health will use an education first approach to enforcement. However, authority from this order comes from Colorado Revised Statutes (“C.R.S.”) §§ 25-1-506, 508, 509, and 516. Penalties are outlined in Colorado Revised Statues C.R.S. §§ 25-1-114 and 25-1-516, including a fine of up to $5000 and imprisonment in the county jail for up to one year.

Concerns about others not wearing face coverings in public can:

Boulder County Public Health staff will determine if there has been a violation of a public health order and will follow up with the business or work with law enforcement, if needed.


Anyone who feels they are being discriminated against or retaliated against by their employer can contact the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Obtaining a Mask

Where to get Face Coverings

How to make face coverings

Visit the state Safer at Home website for details about the requirements of the statewide order. A summary of guidance for each sector is also available for download.

Requirements for Residents

  • Stay home as much as possible, leaving only for a limited number of specific activities.
  • When going out, follow physical distancing requirements (6 feet of space between yourself and others) and wear a face covering.
  • Vulnerable people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should only leave home for medical care and essential activities.
  • People who have COVID-19 symptoms must isolate unless they have a negative test result. Self-isolating when you are ill is the best course of action until more testing is available.
  • Only essential travel in- or out-of-state is permitted.
  • Sick people must not go to work.

Boulder County Guidance & Tools

Illness, PPE, & Cleaning


Business Support & Tools


Food Service

Local Government Facilities

The following checklists were created by Boulder County Public Health in partnership with the local business community and include the requirements as described by the Colorado Safer at Home Order. They are intended to supplement but not supersede the state’s Safer-at-Home Order by taking into account recommended best practices and the intent of the Safer-at-Home Order. The State Order remains law. Boulder County Public Health cannot provide legal advice, and each organization and person is individually responsible for complying with the law. Individuals and businesses should consult with an attorney when implementing public health directives and guidance for their specific situation.


Colorado Guidance

Child Care & Education

Business & Maintenance

Health Care & Personal Service

Recreation & Sports


Guidance for People with Symptoms

Anyone with flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, difficulty breathing) should call their healthcare provider for guidance and separate themselves from others. They should NOT go to the emergency room in order to ensure hospital resources are available for those with the most critical needs.

Guidance for People Who Test Positive for COVID-19

Guidance for Quarantine & Isolation


If you have been told to quarantine, or are voluntarily quarantining because you have a household member or close contact that has tested positive for COVID-19 or is exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, follow these instruction on How to Quarantine


If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have been told to isolate or are voluntarily isolating because you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, follow these instructions on how to self-isolate. Isolating at home is the preferred setting.

Contact Tracing

Disease investigations, including contact tracing, are part of the process of supporting patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection. In contact tracing, public health staff work with a patient to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious. Public health staff then warn these exposed individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible. Contacts are provided with education, information, and support to understand their risk, what they should do to separate themselves from others who are not exposed, monitor themselves for illness, and the possibility that they could spread the infection to others even if they themselves do not feel ill.

Now that the virus is actively spreading in the community, it is vital to practice appropriate wellness and hygiene activities, and maintain proper distancing between yourself and others.

Practice Social Distancing

Maintain at least six feet between yourself and others. Six feet is about the length of a bicycle of pair of snow skis.

Take Everyday Wellness Actions

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, us an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.

Practice Good Hygiene

  • Practicing not touching your face. This can greatly reduce the frequency of potential spread. (You can even try a buddy system, where you and a friend remind each other when someone scratches their eyelid or rubs their nose.)
  • Replace handshakes with elbow-bumps.
  • Build healthy habits like pushing elevator buttons with a knuckle instead of a fingertip.
  • Avoid sharing anything, such as e-cigarettes, drinks, etc.
  • Increase regular cleaning of frequently-touched items (e.g. doorknobs, faucet handles, etc.)
  • Use a cleaning product effective for COVID-19

Wear a Face Covering (Mask)

Cloth masks and face coverings can help slow the spread of COVID-19. However, they do not provide full protection from transmission and it’s still critical to wash your hands, follow stay-at-home orders and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Learn more at the Colorado Mask Project.

Gather a Few Extra Supplies

  • Try to get an extra months’ worth of prescription medications, if possible, in case there are supply chain disruptions.
  • Slowly start to stock up on enough non-perishable food to last your household through two weeks of staying at home if there is a wave of transmission in the community.

Take Care of Your Emotional Health

Coping with the feelings related to COVID-19, and getting help when you need it can help you, your family, and your community recover.

Guidance for Social Distancing

The COVID-19 outbreak calls on the Boulder County community to think creatively about how to meet everyone’s basic needs and maintain social connections while also slowing the spread of disease using social distancing practices (e.g. staying at least 6 feet away from others).

In general, stay at home except for Essential Activities. When planning Essential Activities, consider these tips:

  • Keep household members away from others if they’re sick. Contact their healthcare provider if you have concerns.
  • Continue to take everyday wellness actions and teach your kids to do the same.
  • Try to increase the distance between children by playing games that involve fewer opportunities for touching, and reminding everyone to practice of proper hygiene habits.
  • Spend time outdoors. Outdoor activities are less risky than indoor ones because COVID-19 spreads more easily when people are close together in confined spaces. Daily time outdoors is important to children and adults alike. To apply social distancing, consider outdoor activities like walking, hiking, or bike riding.
  • Monitor symptoms if someone you’ve been near becomes ill. If the symptomatic person is not a confirmed case of COVID-19, there is no not need to quarantine, but you should monitor closely for symptoms. If a fever, cough, or shortness of breath develops, separate from others and call your healthcare provider.
    • If the symptomatic person is a confirmed COVID-19 case, anyone who had close contact with the person should quarantine for 14 days, monitor symptoms, and notify your healthcare provider if symptoms develop.
  • Talk with your child about COVID-19. As public conversations around COVID-19 increase, kids may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children understand what they hear in an honest and accurate way while minimizing worry and fear. Some things to keep in mind include:
    • Remain calm and reassuring.
    • Make yourself available to listen and to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when you have questions.
    • Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma. Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity.
    • Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19.
    • Provide information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level for the child. The CDC has compiled “Facts about COVID-19 for discussions with children” that can be a helpful starting point.
    • Remind children about proper hygiene habits including washing their hands often.
    • Guidance for Parents when school is closed.

Reducing the Spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 can be especially dangerous for those at higher risk including people:

  • 65 years old and older
  • With underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • Who have weakened immune systems
  • Who are pregnant

Take Steps to Protect Those at High Risk

Long-Term Care Facilities & Nursing Homes

School districts and the University of Colorado at Boulder have implemented closures on their campuses to help slow the spread of COVID-19. See information from these institutions in the links below, and find a press conference with Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District.

Resources for Parents with Young Children

The City of Boulder Child Care Subsidy program provides financial assistance to qualifying low- and lower-middle-income families in the City of Boulder who are not eligible for Boulder County Child Care Assistance Program, to access quality, affordable child care.

Resources for Schools & Child Care

Cleaning & Disinfecting Hard Surfaces

There is much to learn about COVID-19. Based on what is currently known, COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet). This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets. Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.

Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has fact sheets and public health guidance available for the following languages:

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